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Naomi Cooke Johnson Pushes To The Limits With ‘Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet’ (Review)

Naomi Cooke Johnson lives life on the edge. “Nobody knows how long we’ve got left,” she sings over blustering electric guitars. “Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet,” co-written with Dan Muckala and Phil Bentley, pulses with a sinewy emotional center, counterbalanced with an anthemic outer layer.

“I wanna drive too fast till I break the motor / Raise my glass till the party’s over / Dance myself to the edge of death,” she sings, pushing it all to the limits and beyond. “Livin’ ain’t killed me yet / Gonna ride this ride even if it breaks me / I don’t mind if they call me crazy.”

Johnson kicks open the barn doors with “Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet.” It’s fiercely like a Miranda Lambert song, with a bit of a barn-burnin’ Carrie Underwood tossed in for good measure. “The hard way is the only way it’s ever been,” she sings. “I want to turn my song up to 11 / When I finally get to heaven, they’re going to tell me, ‘You’re barely gettin’ in.’”

Listen to “Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet” below.

“Livin’ Ain’t Killed Me Yet” follows Johnson’s debut solo single “Girls of Summer,” released earlier this summer. “Whatever summer is to you, whether on a beach, a Broadway street, or just riding around your hometown with the windows down and your friends by your side, I hope [this song] will transport you to a barefoot euphoria of your own where new core memories are made,” Johnson said in a press statement. “Girls of Summer” was co-written with Jason Duke and Jacob Durrett.

Together, both songs indicate Johnson boldly positions herself as a breakout star. According to a press release, her forthcoming catalog will chronicle “her childhood years of homeschooling and living on a renovated school bus to her current life as a working mom with a new baby.”

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